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New birds from yesterday

The Male Protecting the Feeder
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

I almost forgot to let everyone know about my first of the year birds that I saw yesterday!! I put my hummingbird feeder up in the morning and found 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (CHECK) buzzing around the feeders by lunch time (actually the two males were fighting over the feeders territory). I then found an American Redstart (CHECK) singing up in the tree while waiting for some fellow employees (actually it got very close to us and wished I had my camera with me). Later in the day I found a Red-eyed Vireo (CHECK) singing in an area that we were working in . . . . well kinda . . . . I think I had them over the weekend but wasn’t 100% sure it was a Red-eyed Vireo until today’s find.

american redstart Red-eyed Vireo
American Redstart and Red-eyed Vireo

Pictures above have all been taken previously; none of these photos were taken with yesterdays find! I have been busy the past few days with some personal things and not been able to do much birding! Lucky nature has been finding me and I work in an area where these guys can be easily found without trying too hard!! Expect many more checks from me over the next few days and who knows . . . . maybe a few lifers (more to come soon)

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BTW: Nexrad Radar images were showing many birds moving north last night (click to animate)! I can only imagine what new birds I will find today in Allegany State Park! I promise to keep everyone updated with my finds!


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17 responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    Whoo hooooo isn’t spring a fun time of year. You just never know what you will find next.

    7 May 2008 at 7:25 am

  2. That Red-eyed Vireo looks like it would like to pop through my monitor and give me a good peck!

    7 May 2008 at 9:33 am

  3. Oh, boy, hummingbirds! I just bought 5 single flower (very small) hummingbird feeders at Walmart yesterday and hung them up on my pear tree. I thought I may be too early but it looks like they are already in the area.

    Wow, that’s a lot birds! Horray, my husband is on vacation next week and we have all day to be in the different forests and parks.

    7 May 2008 at 9:54 am

  4. Those are three nice birds! All would be lifers for me. I agree w/Lynne, that Vireo looks downright angry! Wonderful photos, even if they weren’t taken yesterday!

    7 May 2008 at 10:02 am

  5. Sherri Friesman

    I guess it’s time to fill up the hummingbird feeder!

    7 May 2008 at 2:45 pm

  6. You are indeed a lucky man. I always love it when you show that nextrad stuff.

    7 May 2008 at 3:06 pm

  7. Spring-time wildlife. I love it. Even in the city there are animals galore.

    7 May 2008 at 3:49 pm

  8. The Nexrad image is impressive and encouraging, given the general downward trend in songbird numbers.

    It would have been fun to be in High Park, Toronto, this morning.

    Great shots!

    7 May 2008 at 5:10 pm

  9. Bo

    I saw my first hummingbird yesterday, too – a ruby throated, too! I’m so excited they are back.

    7 May 2008 at 5:20 pm

  10. I love the hummingbird photo! He looks serious and well fed at the same time.

    7 May 2008 at 5:49 pm

  11. Yea hummingbirds! I’m still waiting. I’m lucky if i get two.
    So i will enjoy yours.

    7 May 2008 at 7:05 pm

  12. lvn600

    Congratulations on your foy’s. I am kind of surprised that I have not come across a Red-eyed Vireo or an American Redstart yet. I’m going to check a chart someone gave me that has information about past arrival dates for migrants.

    7 May 2008 at 8:26 pm

  13. A lovely ruby-throat image!

    7 May 2008 at 9:13 pm

  14. @ Lisa – It sure is! Thanks
    @ Lynne – Knowing Red-eyed’s the bird probably did peck my lens!
    @ Linda – They will love those feeders but when the hummingbird nestlings fledge . . . those wouldn’t last minutes at my house!
    @ Adam – Thanks and I know I would get many birds where you live!
    @ Sherri – it sure is! Thanks
    @ Trixie – thanks and what is great is that you can watch the birds moving where you live also!
    @ Scienceguy – thanks and buffalo has been reporting many more great birds that I am seeing here!
    @ Hugh – thanks and or even being at Long Point!
    @ Bo – congrats on your hummingbird yesterday! It is nice seeing them again!
    @ Shelley – Thanks and my hummingbirds are well fed!
    @ Toni – thanks and maybe we will get one tomorrow?
    @ Lvn – thanks and I am surprised that I just saw these guys! I just need to get out looking for the other ones that I am missing!
    @ Bird Girl – Thanks

    7 May 2008 at 10:26 pm

  15. I just spent the past four days at a boarding school near Auburn (off rte 90) serving on an accrediting committee. Saw lots of birds whenever we were out and about. Turns out this school spends a week in your Park each winter for “Winter School!” How cool is that?!

    7 May 2008 at 11:29 pm

  16. Marg

    Whooot love that radar!

    8 May 2008 at 1:16 pm

  17. Glad to see that the migrants are finally swarming in for you. Check out my blog to see the day we had on Saturday (116 species total!).

    12 May 2008 at 2:12 pm

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